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2020 Chevrolet Sonic vs. 2021 Toyota Prius Review

New 2020 Chevrolet Sonic

2020 Chevrolet
Sonic

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New 2021 Toyota Prius

2021 Toyota
Prius

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MSRP*
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$19,420 to $21,520
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$24,525 to $32,650
Invoice* $18,721 to $20,745 $23,054 to $30,395
MPG - City 26 51 - 58
MPG - Hwy 34 47 - 53
Engine(s) Inline-4 Inline-4
Seating Capacity 5 5
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** ***** Not Tested
Frontal Crash Rating** ***** Not Tested
Side Crash Rating** ***** Not Tested

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Due to its greater rear head- and legroom, backseat passengers will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Chevrolet Sonic than the Toyota Prius. Offering just a little more front head- and legroom than the Chevrolet Sonic, drivers may find the Toyota Prius a little roomier and somewhat more comfortable.

Convenience
With the Toyota Prius you will definitely be making less frequent stops at the gas station than with the Chevrolet Sonic, due to its tank size and fuel economy.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). Based on MSRP, the Chevrolet Sonic is clearly a better financial choice over the Toyota Prius. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Chevrolet Sonic carries a much lower Destination Charge than the Toyota Prius.

Dimensions
The Chevrolet Sonic is a little narrower than the Toyota Prius, so you'll have an easier time getting in and out of the car in a tight parking spot. If you go with the Chevrolet Sonic, you'll have a much easier time finding a large enough space to park than you will with the Toyota Prius.

Drivetrain
Due to its much higher torque, the engine of the Chevrolet Sonic does a much better job of transmitting power to the wheels than the Toyota Prius.

Handling
The Chevrolet Sonic has a smaller turning radius than the Toyota Prius, allowing you to more easily maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Chevrolet Sonic has a much more powerful engine than the Toyota Prius. However, something you should consider is that higher horsepower engines often command higher insurance premiums.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Chevrolet Sonic and the Toyota Prius. The Chevrolet Sonic has less cargo capacity than the Toyota Prius, which is okay if you don't need to move a lot in one trip.

Warranty
The Chevrolet Sonic comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Toyota Prius.